NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Federal authorities say senior U.S. District Judge Peter Dorsey has died in New Haven after a long illness. He was 80.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut says they were notified over the weekend of Dorsey’s death, which was first reported by the Hartford Courant.
Dorsey, a U.S. Navy veteran, held degrees from Yale and Harvard and was a former federal prosecutor before becoming a U.S. District Court judge in 1983. He assumed senior judge status in 1998.
One of his best-known cases involved the sentencing of former Gov. John G. Rowland on a corruption conviction in 2005. He also handled the Schaghticoke (SKA’-ti-coke) Tribal Nation’s long-running attempts at federal recognition.
Colleagues tell the Courant that Dorsey will be particularly remembered for being fair, down to earth and humorous.
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